She may have chosen to stay behind the camera over the past few years, but Greta Gerwig recently made an exception for her new movie. Netflix dramatic White Noise. Written and directed by his partner, Noah Baumbach, the film tells the story of an American suburban family who are suddenly forced to evacuate their home after a nearby chemical spill.
The film marks Gerwig’s return to the big screen after being nominated for an Oscar for his role in Saoirse Ronan. Lady Bird and recently, Little Women. Apparently, there’s an excellent explanation for why fans don’t see Gerwig on screen that much anymore.
Greta Gerwig Goes From Debut Star to Director
Most would agree that Gerwig’s debut came in Baumbach’s 2010 drama. Greenberg Where Ben Stiller played the title character. The movie mainly revolves around the character of Stiller, a failed musician who agrees to do house-sit for his brother. This is how he meets Gerwig and works as an assistant for his brother and his family.
Baumbach first noticed Gerwig in Joe Swanberg’s movie. Hannah Takes the Stairs. But knowing they were improvising in the movie, Baumbach wasn’t sure how Gerwig would act if he had to stick with the script.
“It’s clear he has talent, but they’re all making up these dramas, and I didn’t know how much of it he did. Can it do this with scripted stuff? said. But then Gerwig auditioned and Baumbach was very surprised. “He had memorized everything,” the director recalled.
Since then, Gerwig has made a few more films. And then, in 2017, he wrote and directed. Lady Bird Ronan plays the lead role. The drama, which tells the story of an artistic 17-year-old girl coming of age in Sacramento, garnered five Oscar nominations, including for Gerwig nominations for best direction and best original screenplay.
Just a few years later, Gerwig took up the classic as well. Little Womenfeatures a cast that includes Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Emma Watson. The film secured a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Gerwig (although it was completely underestimated for best director).
Since then, many have assumed that Gerwig would continue to write and direct films. But then he returned to the screen in Baumbach’s film. White Noise.
Stepping Back in Front of the Screen Was ‘Terrible’ For Actor/Director
Now, Gerwig may have naturally gravitated towards filmmaking in recent years, but acting seems to worry him too, so much so that White Noise I felt pretty creepy.
When you’re acting, you feel like you’re opening your chest and suddenly your heart starts beating for everyone. [to see],” he explained.
“And it’s a uniquely terrifying experience that I haven’t had in a while. Making it with Noah is the best version of it. So this was a good comeback even though it was scary.”
Gerwig also admitted that Baumbach agreed to do the film because he had no plans to make the film.
“He started writing seriously while he was in isolation in New York due to the pandemic. I was very excited about his adaptation and then ‘Who should play Babette?’ I said ‘I’ too,” he recalled.
But looking back, Gerwig thinks he was half-serious when he proposed himself for the role. “But I guess I really said it because everything just didn’t seem very likely,” he admitted.
“It didn’t even seem possible for us to leave the apartment with ease again. It sounded like a safe thing to say. Then what felt safe to say because it was fantasy became reality as Noah kept writing.”
What’s Next for Greta Gerwig after White Noise?
After that White Noise, Gerwig is getting back to his job behind the camera. There’s a lot of anticipation for the Oscar nomination. Barbie The movie starring Margot Robbie (as the lead character) and Ryan Gosling. Gerwig wrote the script with Baumbach and also directed the movie.
And while the job was more his thing, the idea of dealing with a well-known brand worried Gerwig as well.
“It was exciting because it was scary. I think that was a big part of it, like, ‘Oh, no, Barbie,'” she explained. at your service Podcast with Dua Lipa “‘Where do you start and what would the story be?’ I felt dizzy when I started typing like that.”
But then the idea of undertaking such a thing really appealed to Gerwig as well. “And I guess that was the feeling I had to know that this was going to be a really interesting horror,” he continued.
“Usually that’s where the best things happen, where you’re like, ‘I’m afraid of this.’ Anything you say, ‘This could be a career break’ – then you say, ‘I probably should.’
While the details of the film were largely kept confidential, Robbie, who also served as executive producer, knew from the start that Gerwig was the perfect director to direct the film.
“People often hear barbie oneThink, ‘I know what that movie is going to be,'” Robbie said. “Then they heard that Greta Gerwig was writing and directing, and they said, ‘Oh, maybe I don’t know…'”